Are You Becoming Too Protective of Your Team?


George and his executive team succeeded in pulling their organization up out of a deep hole. They survived 2008 – 2010. They have been on a plateau for 4 years. That’s OK, right? They deserved a chance to breathe.  Maybe you don’t have to always be aggressive, go for growth, and create new things.

These people are incredibly dedicated and work long hard hours.  They have become accustomed to being short staffed and watching every dime.

But now George has become rather paternal.  In fact he’s a little like the PAPPA BEAR in children’s storybooks. He looks for perfection in his team and can seem somewhat critical.  But, WOW…you should see how his back tightens and his voice booms if anyone outside his team even hints that they need some training, should try something new, or might be stuck!  ¾ of their board meetings are dedicated to bragging about how much and how well everyone has been doing.

George is not alone. Maybe you can identify with how he feels.  Since the past 5 years have been pretty hard on most organizations, maybe you have also become a bit protective of your team.  You certainly wouldn’t want anyone to leave. Right? You’ve all been through so much together…you can finish one another’s sentences. Right?

Be careful though.  This pattern can feel like over protective parents. At some point, bright people who crave learning leave the nest to go try new things.

Instead of waiting for the bright people to leave George’s overprotective nest, they are making a group commitment to do some research, find new opportunities, learn new skills, and take some chances…together.  They aren’t going to do anything crazy.  There will be no diving into the deep end of the pool without swimming lessons.  But they are facing the fact that the recession and the lingering tail of uncertainty has affected how they think.  They are intentionally working on becoming less risk adverse, learning how to think bigger, and trying to expect more.

About Aldonna Ambler:
Known as The Growth Strategist®, Aldonna Ambler built and grew a suite of companies to help midsized B2B companies achieve accelerated growth with sustained profitability® A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Ambler has addressed over 2000 audiences and hosted a syndicated online talk show about growth strategies for 9 years. As a growth financing intermediary, Ambler raised over $1 Bil dollars for midsized companies. The winner of over 2 dozen prestigious national and statewide "entrepreneur of the year" awards, Ambler is available to speak about “profitable growth during any economy” and/or serve on the board of a growth-oriented privately-held company.

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